SMITHS STATION, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Attorney General's office is confirming that a former deputy chief for the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department in Lee County was sentenced on federal embezzlement charges.
Angelia Curran, a Smiths Station resident and former FVFD Deputy Chief was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins to five (5) years of probation, including six (6) months home confinement with electronic location monitoring.
She'll also have to pay a $100 assessment fee to the court and restitution in the amount of $28,386.27 to FEMA. Curran paid $5,000 of restitution at sentencing and agreed to pay the remaining amount of restitution in monthly installments of no less than $389.77 during her term of probation until the restitution is paid in full.
Current pleaded guilty in October 2011 to theft of federal funds. She submitted grant applications between 2006 and 2010 and was awarded more than $295,000 for the department but prosecutors said she embezzled nearly $30,000 of the money.
"As a general matter, the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General remains vigilant in seeking the prosecution of those, who attempt to defraud our government and federal programs, such as FEMA to the fullest extent of the Federal law," said James E. Ward, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General.
INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. District Attorney's Office